Monday, May 29, 2006

Dog pics

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Gaborone Life (May 18th, 2006)

Defining Quotes (May 18th, 2006)

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."– Harvey Fierstein

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things."– Katharine Graham

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Botswana Life (May 13th)

Mountain Rest: An outdoor braai restaurant in Gabane. Meet is grilled and eaten with your hands- the tastiest way to eat.
Even the donkeys are laid back and enjoying a relaxed life!

Botswana can recycling.

Botswana goats. Some of the wisest on the planet.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Climbing Kgale Hill, Gaborone (May 7, 2006)

Climbing at Kgale Hill in Gaborone, Botswana, with the baboons.

Sara looking very professional with her climbing rope.

And Linda showing everyone how it's done!

I'm barely getting off the ground here...

but am doing a little better here! This is when Sara told me to hug the rock like it was Pierce Brosnan. Well, it worked!

View of Gaborone and the dam

Friday, May 05, 2006

Fun Quotes!

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."– Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I searched through rebellion, drugs, diet, mysticism, religion, intellectualism, and much more, only to find that truth is basically simple and feels good, clear and right." – Armando "Chick" Corea

"It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts." - Oscar Levant

"Defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory." – General Douglas MacArthur

"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."– Leo Rosten

"Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes."– Washington Irving

"Consistency is only a paste jewel that cheap men cherish." – William Allen White

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Gaborone, Botswana

Old Naledi: A poorer area of Gaborone where many temporary immigrant workers come to stay. Our study screens patients from the local clinic here.
I have no idea what service this shop offers!?! Recharges dead car batteries? Legal counsel for spousal battery?

Livingstone, Zambia (April 21-23)

The Zambezi River crossing from Botswana to Zambia. To get to Livingstone, I flew into Kasane (Botswana), bussed it to the border (about 25 minutes), caught a ferry to across the river from Botswana to Zambia, and then got transport to Livingstone (about 50 minutes).

Medical students on safari in Africa! This picture was taken as we were doing a walking safari at one of the game parks in Zambia. We saw tons of animals, including giraffe, an enormous herd of trumpeting elephants, zebras, antelopes, gigantic spiders, and lots of birds. From left to right: Brent, Becky, Lyen, Arghavan, me, Tina. Becky and Lyen are medical students at Stanford now working on their masters in public health at the University of Cape Town. Brent and Arghavan are medical students at Stanford and will be going into medicine at UCSF and surgery at Stanford for their residencies next year. Tina is a medical student and will be going to Chicago to do her medical residency in medicine next year. And me, well, I'm just a lost soul in Botswana.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Harare, Zimbabwe (March 3-9, 2006)

I know it’s been a long time since the last update, but here are some pictures of the most recent adventures!

A view from the castle in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. The castle, which is now a hotel run by two Portuguese, was built by Italian prisoners during WWII. With the mist, cold, and eirriness of the Eastern Highlands, it was just like Europe, which is probably why the prisoners built a castle here. We had a hectic time arriving at the castle, including getting lost at what looked like a military camp, almost driving off the cliff of the mountains in the dark, and having to veer around a toppled tree blocking the road.

The stairwell of the castle.

The Actor: A favorite Korean restaurant in Harare run by, believe it or not, an actor who lines the walls of the restaurant with his posters.

Seble and Bryan in the lab at the medical school.

The Harare Medical School. From left to right: Seble (Stanford ID Fellow), me, Bryan (Fullbright Fellow in Harare), and Esther (Fullbright Fellow in Botswana).

Zimbabwean food, which is like Batswana food but with peanuts added.

Some old car at the aforementioned creepy castle.